A CHRONIC heroin addict who falsely imprisoned a County Limerick woman and told her he was a murderer and rapist has been sentenced to five years in prison.
At Limerick Circuit Court, James Kelly, 22, of Maple Court, Kennedy Park, Limerick pleaded guilty to falsely imprisoning Caroline Moran from Askeaton at Colbert Station on May 4, last.
The court was told he hijacked her car, held a knife to her throat and forced her to drive to an ATM at the Roxboro Shopping centre, where he ordered her to withdraw €500.
The court was told that at one point during the terrifying ordeal, which lasted for more than 20 minutes Kelly, told Ms Moran he was “wanted for rape and murder” and to do what he said.
In a victim impact statement, Ms Moran said she feared for her life and she told the court she has undergone counselling and is on medication due to the “shock and trauma” she experienced.
Kelly also pleaded guilty to a number of other theft offences including stealing more than €3,000 in cash from the bedroom of an elderly couple while they sleeped.
Judge Carroll Moran imposed sentences totalling seven years in prison but he suspended the final two years.